Vehicle Maintenance and Advice
How to keep your vehicle running with OEM car parts
- There is a time and place for a professional mechanic, but they may not always be required.
- Routine repairs and maintenance like spark plugs, changing wiper blades, and oil changes can be done by just about anyone with a basic understanding.
- A simple Internet search can often help you find videos and articles with helpful tips and instructions.
- Remember, of course, to be careful about purchasing genuine OEM or manufacturer-suggested parts when doing your car repairs and maintenance.
- There are some “wear and tear” parts that you should always have at hand for your vehicle, such as bulbs, filters, and fuses.
- Emergencies can often be avoided on basic replacements by keeping a kit of common parts in your car.
- Save hundreds of dollars on emergency calls and towing by being prepared with a robust emergency kit.
- The summer heat and heavy holiday traffic can take a toll on your vehicle. Make sure that it’s ready to perform with these routine checks and tasks.
- Fluids and filters are a priority, but there are many steps you can take to improve your car’s overall operation and efficiency.
- Some maintenance and prep can be done on your own, while other jobs might require a professional technician.
- Electric cars are trendy and eco-friendly, but not many people understand how they work or how to maintain them for the best possible lifespan.
- Some maintenance and repair issues are the same as combustion engine-powered vehicles, while others are different.
- By knowing what to expect from an electric vehicle, it might become a more popular purchase choice for consumers.
- Fuel filters typically have a lifespan of 30,000 miles for older cars, while newer models may offer a longer lifespan.
- It’s important to know what to look for to identify a bad fuel filter because eventually if left unchanged, it can result in the car being unable to start.
- If you have a late-model vehicle, the fuel filter might be located in the gas tank and require professional replacement.
- OEM parts are exactly the same as the components already on your car,
while aftermarket parts may be different and come from various
- The reason OEM parts cost more is because they are the same high-quality
as your original car parts and often come with a warranty.
- Aftermarket parts are less expensive and easier to find but may not always be
- The place where you get parts installed will determine whether aftermarket or
OEM parts are available.
- OEM parts are often the best choice but there are some exceptions.
- There are several sources of air conditioning hissing including leaking refrigerant lines, leaking internal valves, and compressor issues.
- In most cases, the best solution is to speak with an HVAC professional about the problem.
- Quiet hissing that lasts for short periods of time may not be an emergency situation.
- There are other noises made by air conditioners that necessitate bringing in a professional.
- Aside from the obvious things like filling up the gas tank and checking the air in the tyres, there are some routine things that should be done before any long trip.
- Remember to check your oil and antifreeze levels and ensure other fluids such as brake and transmission fluids are filled to the appropriate level. Check your battery to make sure it's not running low.
- Check if roadside assistance or towing plan is built into your auto insurance policy and always bring an emergency kit in case anything goes wrong.
- Typically, it is recommended to change air filters once a year, or every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. People who live in dusty areas or those with heavy pollution may want to consider more frequent change.
- Most air filter problems can be seen, smelled, heard or felt. Listen for unusual noises in the engine and look out for engine light problems, dirt, gasoline smells or reduced horsepower.
- A lot of car owners will want to do their own filter replacements to save a little money. Whatever you do, It’s important to choose genuine OEM replacement parts whenever you are upgrading your vehicle.
- Brakes are a critical safety element on your car, and you should never drive if you are experiencing any symptoms of brake issues or failure.
- Squealing, vibrating, rubbing, and other issues could result from a host of brake issues. Prompt attention is a must to prevent worsening conditions and potential safety risks.
- If left unattended, common brake issues can lead to serious problems, including tyres catching on fire from seized brakes and total brake failure, which can be very dangerous.